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America today is at a crossroads. Our challenges are great. But, these challenges can be met. To do so, we must move beyond the acrimonious debate and partisan rancor that characterizes much of today’s national conversation. That’s where this new feature comes in - think of it as a small oasis in the desert of demagoguery.
Inspiring Solutions is a place where we can discuss difficult issues and tackle tough problems; but always with respect for one another and a resolve to find common ground that leads to real progress.
- Roger C. Dower, President of The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread
Ensuring a safe and reliable source of fresh water is fundamental to life. This is increasingly challenging in growing urban areas where intense water demands from residential, commercial, industrial, and energy sectors is the new norm. It poses a similar challenge to the large swaths of the country that are experiencing long-term drought or reaching the limits of their current supply.
From your vantage, and drawing on your expertise and experience, what do you see as one of the major challenges to the future resiliency of our urban water supplies and what corresponding opportunity or approach do you recommend to overcome that challenge?
Diversify and Prosper
Director, Environment Program
The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread
Ben Franklin said it best: “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” But for some reason, we have a hard time planning ahead... Read More
Thirsty Cities Take Action
Richard G. Luthy
Director, Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt)
This past year was the driest on record for much of the nation. Read More
Modernizing Federal Water Resource Decision-MakingNancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jay Jensen, Associate Director for Land & Water Ecosystems at the White House Council on Environmental Quality
Recognizing Water Efficiency’s Value
Mary Ann Dickinson
Alliance for Water Efficiency
Thirty years ago most of us would have laughed at the fact that we might run out of water in the United States... Read More
Albert H. Cho
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
The biggest threat to the future resiliency of urban water supplies is not an external force, such as drought or climate change... Read More
Breaking with Tradition
Director, Engineering & Technical Services
American Water Works Association
Urban waters – including drinking water, wastewater, reuse and stormwater – are becoming increasingly linked in today’s world. Read More